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Church-related group outlines key issues facing digital media platforms

March 5, 2012

The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), a church-related organization working for communication rights, has published a document that outlines ethical guidelines for digital media platforms, according to a news release.

“The Internet is a vital part of today’s communications scene. But it is under threat from governments intent on stifling freedom of expression and from global corporations intent on levying high charges for access,” notes the release.

The “No-Nonsense Guide to the Great Internet Grab: Who Wins, Who Loses?” asks what restrictions, if any, should be placed on the Internet, and explores the issues surrounding Internet censorship, Net neutrality, and affordable access.

“We need to explore the obstacles and challenges surrounding digital frontiers and to examine the potential of social media to strengthen the public voice of marginalized communities,” WACC general secretary Rev. Karin Achtelstetter is quoted as saying.

The “No-Nonsense Guide” also provides an overview of the recent controversy in the U.S. around the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), both of which seek to protect intellectual property, but which opponents say threaten free speech and innovation.

“The Internet is part of the common good of today’s information and communication societies. As such it should be run honestly, transparently, and democratically,” said WACC deputy director of Programs Philip Lee.

The Guide can be downloaded at http://www.waccglobal.org/images/stories/Resources/nng-internet.pdf.

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